Would you like to see how to make an epic drum rack in Ableton Live 10 because you will be so inspired as soon as you see how I’m doing this, see the dynamic element, and as to the music, see how easy it is to switch up and maintain?
Ableton Live 10 Drum Rack with 32 Kicks on a Chain!
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The idea of having the same boring kick on every single beat will just be dead.
Take a look at this.
What I’ve got here are 32 different kick drums.
32 different kick drums all on one MIDI knob.
I will play it so you can hear it, and then when you hear it, “Oh my God. Listening to this. It’s so good.”
Here you go.
I turn that knob on my M-Audio controller and what it’s doing it’s moving a chain that has 32 different spots for a kick drum on it.
I’ve got 32 different kick drum samples out of Ableton Live 10 and just drop them in here, and then what I’ve done is I’ve used the chain function on the instrument rack.
So, if you are thinking, “Wait. Wait. Hold up. Back up for a minute.”
First thing I’ve done, I’ve added a “Drum Rack.”
Let me start from the beginning because I want to show you how it all looks.
You may think, “Why do you need all those different kicks?”
Because it’s fun and it makes your music sound so crazy.
So, here’s what we do first.
To start this from scratch what you need to do first is insert a MIDI track.
Insert a MIDI track, and then all you do is go over to “Instruments” and drag over a “Drum Rack.”
All you need to do is drag over a drum Rack, but you’d better hit the “Undo” button if you drag an empty one and it will clear out the one you had.
Go to “Instruments” and drag over a “Drum Rack” onto a MIDI track.
You can just drag it into an empty one here and it will make an empty drum rack.
Once you have got the drum Rack on there, then what I’ve done is put C1 onto “Kicks.”
I searched for “Kick” and I went into “Samples,” and I just dragged the first kick right on to this C1.
Then, I just renamed it “Kicks,” but then what I did, you can either hit “Command” on Mac or you can hit “Alt” on Windows.
You hold down “Alt” and drag another kick sound onto that same kick, and then it will start an instrument rack like you can see here in the lower left.
I’ve got an “Instrument Rack” on here with all these different kicks.
Then, what you do is click on “Chain,” and you just stretch this, so that wherever you want the knob to be to activate the kick is on the chain.
I just made a quick little drum roll.
I made a quick little MIDI loop here with just the kick on, and then what you see is the “Chain” as I move the knob controlling it.
So, if I go over here and I get my hand on the knob and turn it, then what it will do is move the kick on all these other ones.
I think that is amazing because instead of having the same kick on every drum beat, you can literally just like play the song through and put all these different kicks on it, and just give it a whole lot of flavor to it.
Now, what’s really cool is that you can adjust the volume of every single kick.
I wonder how this is going to be on my processor.
It actually takes hardly any processor too.
So, you can adjust the individual volume on every single kick. You can adjust the exact sound of the sample. You can adjust the “Sustain.” You can adjust all on every single sample.
You can tweak it just perfectly if you want to.
For example, if some of these kicks are too quiet, so I just go over to that kick.
That one is too quiet, so I’m going to just put it up a bit, and if that’s not loud enough for me, I can just go into the sample and turn it up more.
Now it is clipping.
So, I can just adjust it.
Yeah, that sounds good.
That’s pretty loud.
Now, I can adjust the next one. That one is pretty good. I don’t know, maybe a little quiet. I can just go and adjust that sample too.
There we go.
So, that one is a lot louder now.
I got that one adjusted nice, and then I can just keep doing the same thing.
I can adjust all those “Kicks” just perfectly and the sweet part is if I say I get sick of one kick or I find a new kick that I want to throw in there, I just grab the kick, drag it in the place of the one I already have.
I can replace the kick really easily.
Now, if all that isn’t already blowing you away, here is what’s really cool.
You can drag a “Compressor” on there. You can use an audio effect. You can throw a “Compressor” on the other instruments and you can sidechain that entire “Drum Rack” from the “Kick.”
You can put all the different kick sounds on one “Sidechain” out of this drum rack, that way if you are playing something you can compress it really nicely.
You take the audio from the “Drum Rack,” we click “Sidechain” on the “Compressor.”
If you drag it from scratch you get this little arrow.
You hit this little arrow, grab the audio from the “Sidechain” and click on “Drum Rack.”
Then you can pull up “Pre Effects” or “Post Effects.”
I just put “Post Mixer,” and then you hit it here and it will compress it.
Let’s just play a note. I got to record. Here we go.
I start the drum loop. Put it down a little bit. Yeah.
Oh, man. That’s way too loud. Oh, there is so much going on.
That’s how you do it.
My son says, “Stop this stupid tutorial, you idiot. Stop this stupid tutorial. It’s a dumb tutorial Dad. I hate it. Stop this stupid tutorial.”
So, you just throw the “Drum Rack” on, you then throw the “Kicks” all in one, you use this “Chain” and drag it out on there, then you get in “Sidechain” and that is how you do just an incredible drum rack with a ton of dynamic sounds.
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Edits from video transcript by Michel Gerard at www.michelgerardonline.com.